N.L. police looking for answers in case of animal cruelty involving dogs

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DUNVILLE, N.L. - Animal welfare officials in Newfoundland and Labrador are waiting for autopsy results while police investigate a case of cruelty involving dogs.
RCMP in Dunville say criminal charges are possible after two dogs - one of them dead -were found tied up and left alone in an old house.
A cat is unaccounted for, but police speculate it may have been eaten by the surviving dog.
Police want to question a couple of people in connection with the case.
Debbie Powers of the SPCA says it saddens her to know that these kinds of incidents continue to occur.
Dunville Mayor Bill Hogan says such an utter disregard for animal life is something the municipality will not stand for.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Sarah
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I agree Bazzy.

    It's time our outdated laws that view animals as property are changed! They may be property of an individual but they are hardly a table lamp.

    Any pet owner can tell you they have a whole complex range of emotions from fear, pain, and grief to contentment, joy, and love. The only difference is that they can't speak, in english that is.

    Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its
    mercy: animals.~Milan Kundera (1929-) ,The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) pt 7 ch.2

    You can judge a society by the way it treats its animals. - Gandhi

  • Bazzy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Once again I am outragged by the cruelty shown to a animal. Clearly in this case the individual or individuals involved knew that the animals would suffer pain.

    It is clear to see that once again animals are viewed as disposable by cruel owners. Stand up people, take a stance, report people who abuse animals ( neglect, abandonment, physical cruelty) to the Police, your MLA and to the newspapers .

    I would bet in this case that there are people out there that were aware of this animal being abandoned in this house, they just chose to look away.


    Cruelty is nothing more than a selfish act of not caring and the abusive of power against a poor animal. The people who do this are nothing more than weak spineless people. It is a shame that these abusive owners did not have to endure the same fate as this poor animal had to. Oh thats right they cannot be exposed to this because society would view this as inhuman.

    In order to try to bring about change people have to take a stand. The court system has to take a stand and start holding these abusive individuls accountable. Stronger fines need to be put in place along with a registry identifying abusive owners. Maybe through these pro-active steps we can bring about change!